Blake Lively covers Elle

On the men in her life: “I’ve had four boyfriends in my whole life. I’ve never been with anyone that’s not a boyfriend. If I spend time with a man, it’s because I think there’s somebody that I know well who has been a friend for a while.“

On not having a stylist: “When I go to an event, I’ll send Christian (Louboutin) a picture of my outfit and say, ‘What shoes do you think I should wear with this?’”

On kids: “I hope to have a few girls one day. If not girls, they better be trannies. I have some amazing shoes and bags and stories that need to be appreciated.” (gurl...)

On reports that she and Ryan are apartment hunting: “Newspapers say a lot of stuff. I wish I could afford half the places I hear I’m looking at. Sign me up!”

In the March issue of ELLE, sweaty cover star Blake Lively shows off her impossibly long, toned legs and way more -- modeling a red-hot Michael Kors swimsuit, suede and patent leather sandals by Pierre Hardy, and with a Blumarine jacket slipping off her shoulders.

Famously tight-lipped about her love life, the Gossip Girl star, 24, dances around her much-publicized romances with Penn Badgley, Leonardo DiCaprio and, currently, Ryan Reynolds."I've had four boyfriends in my whole life,” she tells the mag, adding that she doesn't sleep around."I've never been with anyone that’s not a boyfriend. I didn't have a boyfriend until I was 17," she says.

And, regardless of photos of her with Reynolds in Boston or with DiCaprio last summer in Disneyland, "I've never gone on a date. Maybe I'm too shy," she says. "If I've ever had a man in my life, it's because I know him well, and he really means something to me. I don't take that stuff lightly. I’d rather be by myself than be spending any time or energy on somebody that I didn't feel sure about."

Lively, who next stars in the gritty flick Savages, plays coy about her summertime 2011 romance with DiCaprio, 37, with whom she was first photographed in Europe. The actress tells ELLE she was already living in the south of France for the summer, renting an apartment and enrolling in a month-long French language course.

"I was in school every single day!" Lively explains. "I'd get off, and, you know, we'd go on a boat in my harbor in my little village, and there'd be people hiding in a bush. Then people said, 'There's photos of you coming out of some hotel.' I was on a school field trip! And my friend at the time," she says, without naming DiCaprio, "joined the school field trip, and we were walking down the street."

Regardless, Lively admits she's aware of the effect her famous face and body have on men. "I had a few strangers hit on me!" she marvels. "Some guy acted like he liked my hat. Another guy acted like he liked my shoes!" They're staring at your derrière, saying, ‘Hey, I really like your hat.’ Come on, dude!"

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First still from 'Savages' w/Benicio Del Toro